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Friday, May 8, 2009

pasty patsy

I am entering this photo for the fix it friday constructive feedback over at I heart faces. This is my SOOC shot. I don't like the coloring. I use Photoshop 7 to edit most of my photos. I don't even really know where to begin with this one. I love the photo of Mr. C, but the color bothers me. bath photos are always so hard because we don't have a lot of natural light in the bathroom. can you help me edit this photo? I tried lightening the image but it didn't make any difference. he looks pasty. I took this on my Nikon D40 SLR but I don't know what settings it was taken at as this is an old photo. thanks for your help


  1. Hello! I'm hoping I can be some help here. First, it appears that you are using flash. Flash is the worst at making people look pasty. (I should no as I'm practically albino!) My bathroom is exactly the same way. It is really hard to get good pictures without reverting to flash. Two things I have found work for me is: 1. I bought a lens with a very wide aperture (50mm/1.4) This lens brought a whole new problem, though. It is really hard for me to get much into the picture because of the type of lens and because my bathroom is small. 2. So then I bought something called a LightScoop. It allows you to use flash, but it bounces the flash off a wall or ceiling. This makes the flash much less harsh, there are no pinpoint dots in the eyes, and the shadows behind the body are no longer there. It was a great $30 investment. (I bought it at

  2. The teacher in me must point out that I should have used "know" instead of "no". That's going to drive me crazy now. :)

  3. My sister reminded me of another solution. Bump up the ISO. There will be more noise, but it can help when there is poor lighting.

  4. What a cutie! Bath time photos can be so sweet and fun! :) Using flash can bring out the redness in skin tones. Using the middle (gray) dropper in the Levels tool to click on the bathtub background yields a slightly warmer and pleasing skin tone. Another option for this type of shot would be to make it black and white. As Drew said, bouncing flash off a wall or ceiling will help get rid of those too-flashy shadows. And using a shallow depth of field (small f/stop number, such as 2.8 or less) will help to blur the background and make your subject pop. On this shot, since parts of his head have already been clipped, I would probably crop it even closer, so his eyes would move to the upper third of the photo rather than being in the middle.
    Happy clicking with your cutie-pie!



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